Rep. Kortz announces retirement from Pa. House

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, a lifelong resident of the Mon Valley, today announced he is retiring from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at the conclusion of the 2019-20 legislative session.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, who currently serves as chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, which recently helped pass Act 107 of 2019, known as the Sunday hunting law, was first elected to the House in 2006. He also serves as co-chair of the House Steel Caucus.

"During my legislative career, I have worked tirelessly with my tremendously talented staff to address the needs of our constituents. We have assisted many residents on a variety of issues, as well as honored their achievements.

"It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the good people of the 38th Legislative District, and I am very proud of the success we’ve had in rebuilding and replacing several bridges and roads in the district, as well as working with Senator Jim Brewster to secure funding for the final leg of the Mon Fayette Expressway. Retiring certainly wasn’t an easy decision, because I enjoy helping residents with home heating assistance, rent rebates, PennDOT and tax preparation, to name a few. But, it’s now time for me to take care of my health and step aside for future leaders of this great district."

Kortz graduated from McKeesport High School in 1973, and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology and a minor in political science. He also attended Duquesne University’s Master of Business Administration program. Prior to his legislative service, he worked at U.S. Steel as an operations manager for over 30 years, specializing in the coatings division.